Drawing on myriad skills honed throughout a diverse career, Brooklyn-based lighting and furniture designer Elish Warlop seeks to explore the paradox of motion within stillness. "I'm interested in how we go from continuously streaming in this overwhelming digital age to singularly focused." This idea manifests itself in her creations, which on first glance appear simple and elegant. But on closer inspection they reveal more complex construction meant to draw the viewer in. Whether it's a Ring lamp that casts ever-changing shadows on the wall or a Magnify chandelier with gravity-defying, cantilevered globes, these unexpected surprises reflect the designer's interest in mechanics, repetition and scale, connections and how things come together.
A licensed architect with a B.A. from Cornell University, Warlop garnered two AIA awards for Studio B Architects, a firm in Aspen, Colorado where she began her career before moving on to construction management and eventually starting her own company, EFW Construction.
In 2010 looking to take the next step in her career trajectory she decided to pursue an MFA in furniture design at the Rhode Island School of Design. With this newfound knowledge she launched Elish Warlop Design Studio and set about merging creativity and design with construction and experimentation.
As Warlop moves from research and sketches to model making and workable prototypes, new ideas and directions tend to emerge along the way. She finds great joy in this generative process and trusts it to guide her where she needs to go. "Success for me is achieved when the final object has been transformed by the process, creating something more than first imagined, while still maintaining the spirit of those initial models".
OCTOBER 2016: "Timeless Innovation: How do we create forward thinking design with staying power?" - Elish speaking at TARRA 2016, with the amazing Jenny Wu of Oyler Wu and Ellen Bruss of Ellen Bruss Design.
MARCH 2017: Elish Warlop Design Studio available @ Design Within Reach
MAY 21-24 2017: Elish Warlop Design Studio will be at ICFF, NYC Javits Center.!
FEBRUARY 23rd - APRIL 30th 2018: "Design By Women: Pathways to creativity" @ the Museum of Art and Design, Miami.